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Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:24:32 GMT
Dougherty County Police are investigating a rash of entering auto thefts in the West region of the county. They hope you can identify one suspected thief caught on camera. Take a look at the young manMore >>
Dougherty County Police are looking for a young man captured on surveillance video using a stolen debit card.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:58:07 GMT
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe'sMore >>
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe's Network of Trust highlighted those resources at a special luncheon Wednesday.More >>
January 2, 2007
Albany -- If you work for the city of Albany, there are about to be some big changes in your benefits. City employees will only be able to accrue 12 sick days each year, instead of 15, and the maximum accrual will now be 720 hours a year, rather than 1,080.
The changes will encourage employees to use sick leave sparingly, costing the city less money. There are also changes on the way for the pension plan.
Public Safety employees will now contribute seven percent to the plan, general employees four percent. The city will maintain its current contribution to general employees and raise it three percent, to create a separate enhanced benefit plan for public safety.
That's a big change, because employees haven't contributed since 1981. Pension Board Chairman Phil Roberson says the changes are necessary to save tax payers money, but city employees are the ones who ultimately decided what to change.
"I think in the end, as long as employees had a voice, they were willing to give up something, but they were adamant about keeping their pension plan in tact, keep their vacation the way it is and change the sick leave enough, just so that it would not encourage sick leave abuse, but also not lose their sick leave in case they have a catastrophic illness," Roberson says.
New hires for the city of Albany will also see a change in the benefits package. They will not be eligible for a sick leave pay-out once they retire. Current employees will still be eligible, but must serve notice that they will retire at the beginning of each fiscal year in order for departments to budget for the payout.